NAIDOC Exhibition and Prices Cafe opening in Cooma

Bill Killen of Wapengo relaxes and reminisces in the mid-century decor.

Bill Killen of Wapengo relaxes and reminisces in the mid-century decor.

South East Arts manager Andrew Gray met John Blay, from the Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council and project officer for the new Bundian Way which is being established as a walking trail from Mt Kosciuszko to Twofold Bay. They are standing near two of the historical drawings by colonial artist Brierley of Budginbro and a canoe from the local tribe at Twofold Bay .

South East Arts manager Andrew Gray met John Blay, from the Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council and project officer for the new Bundian Way which is being established as a walking trail from Mt Kosciuszko to Twofold Bay. They are standing near two of the historical drawings by colonial artist Brierley of Budginbro and a canoe from the local tribe at Twofold Bay .

Volunteer at the Raglan Gallery Hilary Smith learned a little of the treeless plains of Maneroo in this 1840s drawing by colonist Brierley which is possibly the first representation of our Monaro area.

Volunteer at the Raglan Gallery Hilary Smith learned a little of the treeless plains of Maneroo in this 1840s drawing by colonist Brierley which is possibly the first representation of our Monaro area.

Alice Williams with her grand daughters Kaitlyn and Allira, who welcomed everyone in her own Aboriginal language.

Alice Williams with her grand daughters Kaitlyn and Allira, who welcomed everyone in her own Aboriginal language.

Cathy Gray and Bronnie Taylor meet to converse in Price's cafe as was commonplace for the residents of Moruya and beyond from the 1950s through to 1993.

Cathy Gray and Bronnie Taylor meet to converse in Price's cafe as was commonplace for the residents of Moruya and beyond from the 1950s through to 1993.

James and Barbara Litchfield ready to serve up a milkshake at Price's Cafe milk bar.

James and Barbara Litchfield ready to serve up a milkshake at Price's Cafe milk bar.

The third annual NAIDOC Art Exhibition was unveiled at the Raglan Gallery on Sunday. Art for sale in the exhibition included works by Alice Williams, Jandemarra Wall, Pauline Syron Coxon and some young emerging artists. Several of these artists paint in the dot style and their work tells their traditional stories. Works by artists from the local community of Cooma represent their life growing up on country, and the traditional owners of this South Eastern region of NSW, descendants of the Walgalu and Ngarigo tribes, represent 40,000 years of living and caring for the land.

In conjunction with South East Arts, the exhibition is complemented by the Price's Cafe installation.

Price's Cafe is a museum-style exhibition that celebrates Moruya's social hub for Aboriginal people in the 1950s and 60s.

Inspired by stories told to an Aboriginal artist and with words by celebrated Australian author and historian Mark McKenna, the Price's Cafe exhibition is presented by South East Arts.

The exhibition closes on Saturday September 13.

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